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This 1975 photo from the Chattanooga News-Free Press archives shows the Hixson High School Band and color guard presenting a bicentennial flag to then-Chattanooga Schools Superintendent Dr. Jim Henry, far left. Also at the event was Bill Hubbuch, at right, representing the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce. / Chattanooga News-Free Press staff photo by George Moody via ChattanoogaHistory.com.

Hardly a day went by in the mid-1970s without some reference to the nation's bicentennial year in Chattanooga's newspapers.

For example, the Chattanooga News-Free Press, the city's afternoon daily at the time, had 4,226 mentions of the bicentennial in 1976, the year that marked the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

If you're counting, that's more than 11 references per day, on average.

Even during the last few months of 1975, the city was already in full celebratory mode. This photo of a flag presentation was considered worthy of Page 1 on Oct. 10, 1975, as patriotism approached its peak.

According to the newspaper report, a bicentennial flag presented in this photo was designed to fly at the city school system's central offices, with other flags just like it displayed at each of the city's many public schools.

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The photo was recovered from a box of color slides found recently at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. It shows members of the Hixson High School band and color guard presenting a bicentennial flag to the then-Chattanooga City Schools superintendent, Dr. Jim Henry. Also pictured was Bill Hubbuch representing the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce.

The caption accompanying this photo set, which was taken by news photographer George Moody outside the school system's administrative offices on West 40th Street, notes that this event marked the kickoff of the school district's bicentennial celebrations during the 1975-76 school year.

(The West 40th Street building in the background of the photo was formerly the location of Lookout Valley Junior High School.)

The caption does not, however, list the names of the band members in the photo. If you recognize these young women, please email their names to Mark Kennedy at mkennedy@timesfreepress.com and their identification will be added to the digital version of this story and reported next week in this space.

To see more photographs in this series, visit ChattanoogaHistory.com. Follow the "Remember When, Chattanooga?" public group on Facebook.

"Remember When" is published on Saturdays. Contact Mark Kennedy at mkennedy@timesfreepress.com.

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